Ramakanta Biswas

Amidst the prevailing fiery political atmosphere in Odisha, a two-day-long office bearers' meeting of the State unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) began today. 

BJP Odisha in-charge D Purandareswari and State party president Samir Mohanty held detailed discussion with heads of party's various fronts and State general secretaries to strengthen the party at the grassroots level. The party also prepared blueprint to fight against the State government on various issues in the upcoming panchayat polls.

The party leaders chalked out strategies to highlight various issues like crimes against women, deteriorating law and order situation, corruption, alleged negligence to backward classes, unemployment issue, loot of minerals and missing keys of Srimandir Ratna Bhandara before the public. 

Moreover, issues pertaining to alleged roles of Minister of State for Home, Dibya Shankar Mishra in the sensational Kalahandi lady teacher Mamita Meher's murder case and Law Minister Pratap Jena in Mahanga double murder case also took centrestage during the meeting.

The party slammed the BJD government for allegedly hijacking central schemes and not properly utilising central funds as well as not submitting the utilisation report.

"The State government has completely failed in providing justice to women. We will also raise the PC culture issue in the office bearers' meeting tomorrow. We will fight the upcoming elections by reaching out to each and every family to inform about the failings of the government in all such aspects," BJP State general secretary Lekhashree Samantasinghar said. 

The BJD responded to the allegations of the BJP while terming them as 'purely baseless'. 

"The issues raised by them (BJP) are not based on facts. By just repeatedly raising such issues, they cannot make false allegations true. We do not wish to comment on that," said BJD leader Nalini Pradhan.

Meanwhile, Congress party alleged that like always, the BJP and BJD are in-alliance. "Congress has been fighting lonely and will do so. Whatever the result will be, we will fight alone," said Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati.